So…for as long as I can remember, I’ve said, “I don’t want to do digital scrapbooking.” I had lots of reasons…I sit at a computer all day and when I sit down to play/create – I don’t want it to feel like work. I don’t really love the way digital pages look when printed. I’m tactile – I like to cut, ink, sew and staple my papers.
And yet, with starting Project Life last year, I’ve eased into “digital” with elements I print and cut. Using stamps on photographs, or adding a bit of journaling to a photo before I print. And you know what? I kinda like it! So when Studio Calico announced their new class: Digital – Beyond the Basics, I didn’t hesitate to sign up. It’s taught by the incredibly talented Shanna Noel – and I’m only a week in to the class and have already learned so much.
The first lesson was all about taking a template and using it to cut elements out on the cameo (brilliant, really). Here’s my first pass:
This was so much fun to put together and super easy using the template. I added a bit of stamping, some stitching, a few buttons, sequins and bling to finish it off.
Can’t wait to see what else is in store for this class. Super inspired to try new things.
I’ve mentioned this a few times, but wanted to actually share an up-cycle idea you can use to organize your print and and cut files. I’m addicted to the digital files at Studio Calico and about a month ago I decided to organize them by color.
I also have 2 boxes for printable journal cards and my cuts. I cut several travel themed cuts from a kraft paper a while ago but never used any if them. I just love how pretty it looks when you peek inside. And the best part? I’ve got lots of bits and pieces at the ready already sorted by color.
One thing I realized though, when I did this: I didn’t have any purple bits…so I created this sheet – feel free for download it here and add to your collection! I’ve set the .pdf to be imported into the Silhouette software and use the print + cut feature.
Week 3 came together quickly using the Collect App. However…I’m really not used to how flat the spread ends up being. Either I need to figure out how to add dimension to those prints, get used the how flat it is…or go back to printing the photos and layering it on the cards individually. I used the app in week 4 + 5 too, so so I’ll give it a few more weeks before I decide. I will say – I loved how fast it came together…I’m guessing it will be a balance.
This card is from the January PL kit from Studio Calico – and the cut file is from the Sugar Rush Love You from Hello Forever. The photo was taken at the photo booth at the movie theatre – love that my family humors me – and does these silly little things on a whim.
This final shot is of my week card – I still like this format — again, it’s pretty easy to put it together, cutting it out on my Cameo and using my date stamp, a few stickers and my Sharpie pen.
I’m in a heart mood. And since I don’t have Valentine’s photos to scrap, I dug out this photo from Mother’s Day last year, my Gelatos and decided to create a heart background with my cameo. You can snag that .png file here.
I started out with some woodgrain white paper from Studio Calico and then added the rainbow background using my gelatos. Not familiar? They are an awesome little staple in my craft room by Faber Castell. And they are incredibly versatile – you can use them directly on paper, add water to them for a more transparent look, dissolve them in water to create mists…for this technique, I just colored a spot on my craft mat (Ranger), loaded up a wide paintbrush with water and grabbed the color and put a stroke across the page. Then I grabbed a smaller brush and splattered paint along the stripe.
For the black outline around the page and the lettering, I used my black NeoColor crayon. With the Life Scripted class going on over at SC – I want to make more cards with my handwriting – that bold black and white look is just so fun!
What is it about embarking on something new? I’ve been doing Project Life now for a full year! I am first: AMAZED that I stuck with it and (mostly) kept up — I still have 10 weeks of 2013 to scrap, but all but 3 weeks have edited and printed photos – I just need to carve some time out to get them done. And I will. Because it’s a really cool thing…looking over an entire year and seeing what we do on a daily basis. We do some cool stuff. And some boring stuff. And some crazy stuff. And stuff I just simply wouldn’t remember if I didn’t scrap it. So, I will get those last few weeks done.
But, this post is about the NEW year. There’s something positively giddy about making a title page. It’s the first page people will see then they open my book. It’s fresh and new and exciting. And, we may take a little extra time to create those sweet little cards that get packed in. In fact, I created 3 more that didn’t make the cut LOL. But, I’ll use them next week!
Primarily, I dug into my Studio Calico Project Life stash for the cards. I also made lots of cuts with my Cameo. Here’s a closer look:
For the title card – the base is from the Valley High kit – I used some scrap sheet music to cover up the red bar at the top and tone it down a bit. Next, I added the tag and the “Hello” cut file from Kal Barteski for the SC August kit. The cut star is from the SC class “Cutting Edge.” The alpha stickers are from Dear Lizzy.
I’ve always wanted to try to sew the page protectors…Except for a slight bobbin fiasco, it was surprisingly easy! The W is a Luxe sticker on top of some Karen Foster paper that came in the Outer Banks SC card add-on kit. The sequins are also from Studio Calico.
I chose the word “Do” for my 2014 One Little Word – so I dug out this cut file from last year’s Day by Day class – the perfect fit. The stars (both kinds) are also SC. (Are you seeing a pattern here? I subscribe to their Project Life kit – and I just can’t brag on them enough – it’s an exceptional value – and I. Love. It.
This card has quite a bit of stamping – also from the Cutting Edge class – and the stars are from the Blue Note card kit from, you guessed it, SC. That fabulous Start flair came from the January kit – and it was the final touch I needed to complete my page.
I had a jar of WOW microbeads lying around and thought I’d add them to a cardstock heart I cut out by hand! You can do this too, by covering your shape with gesso – or ModPodge – and while wet, pouring the beads on top. Be patient! And let it dry completely before touching – you really can’t fix mistakes! The circles around it is a cut file from Cutting Edge – and the background card is one of my all-time favorites (I’m a sucker for navy) – from the Planetarium kit.
I truly enjoyed putting this page together. There were so many fun elements to work with. I am so excited to begin another year on this journey.